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Attorneys general coalition targets EPA over hydrofluorocarbons use

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a coalition of 11 attorneys general who filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in an effort to fight what they allege is the agency's "illegal" decision to allow companies to use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in their products.

Nebraska investigation of Goodwill Omaha leads to consent judgment

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

LINCOLN — After a nearly two-year investigation of Goodwill Omaha by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, a consent judgment has been filed alleging the nonprofit misled consumers and "squandered charitable assets" to compensate executives.

Arizona attorney general seeks to intervene in 'serial litigator' case

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

PHOENIX — As part of an effort to stop an attorney who has filed nearly 2,000 disability lawsuits in Arizona in recent years, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a motion to intervene in a federal appeal related to what he calls the "serial litigator."

Rhode Island accuses opioid manufacturers, distributors of deceptive marketing

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against several prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging deceptive and fraudulent marketing of opioids in the state.

New York, FTC seek to halt Buffalo area 'debt collection scheme'

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

BUFFALO — New York state has joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in filing a lawsuit against two debt collection companies and their owners who allegedly ran a "debt collection scheme" in the Buffalo area.

Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

Arizona attorney general reaches settlement with Tempe over alleged improper tax breaks

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has reached a settlement with the city of Tempe to settle a lawsuit alleging the city used improper tax breaks for private developments.

Alaska joins 13 other states to defend EPA decision

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

ANCHORAGE — Alaska, along with 13 other states, has partnered to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent decision for no additional bonding requirements for hazardous gas release under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

'Operation Main Street' proves successful in Florida

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — An operation aimed at stopping scams which target small businesses led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state and federal agencies has resulted in 24 actions.

Illinois, Iowa attorneys general encourage FCC to fight Tribune, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to stop the proposed merger of the Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which she alleges will limit consumer choice and diversity.

42 state attorneys general reach $100 million settlement with Citibank

By Marian Johns | Jun 28, 2018

PHOENIX — A group of 42 state attorneys general has reached a $100 million settlement with Citibank over allegations of fraudulently manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) which impacts trillions of dollars in financial instruments' worth as well as the global market.

Consent judgments issued over Massachusetts complaint alleging land owner dumped solid waste

By Marian Johns | Jun 28, 2018

BOSTON — Consent judgments recently were entered in the Suffolk Superior Court for the settlement of a complaint by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey against Russell land owners and three companies who allegedly dumped solid waste and altered wetlands.

Oklahoma attorney general announces $64 million rate reduction settlement with energy supplier

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) Energy Corp., has agreed to a $64 million rate reduction settlement which Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is touting as an historic event that will result in lower utility bills for OG&E customers starting this summer.

Oklahoma to fight Purdue Pharma's attempt to transfer opioid lawsuit to Ohio federal court

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is vowing to fight Purdue Pharma's recent attempt to transfer Oklahoma's lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company to an Ohio federal court and calling it an abuse of the legal system.

California company settles Massachusetts allegations over unlawful fees, misleading consumers

By Marian Johns | Jun 27, 2018

BOSTON — A California loan debt relief company which faced allegations by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of charging unlawful upfront fees and misleading consumers, has agreed to pay $44,593 and to stop doing business in Massachusetts.

Judge boots global warming cases of San Francisco, Oakland against oil industry

By John O'Brien | Jun 26, 2018

A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.

Connecticut reaches $200,000 settlement with Waterbury social worker for alleged Medicaid fraud

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has reached a $200,000 settlement with a Waterbury licensed clinical social worker and two of his behavioral health practices to resolve a lawsuit alleging long-term Medicaid fraud.

Pennsylvania attorney general reaches $357 million tobacco settlement

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARRISBURG — A settlement reached by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro with various tobacco companies has resolved 20 years of disputed payments from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and will bring the state nearly $357 million in settlement funds in addition to its annual $350 million received from tobacco companies.

Connecticut accuses Norwich professional counselor of Medicaid billing fraud, destruction of records

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

HARTFORD — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has filed a lawsuit against a Norwich licensed professional counselor, alleging the provider billed the state's Medicaid program for services not rendered and for not maintaining or destroying records.

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